ACCCE launches Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object

Wed 03-03-2021 11:30 am AEST

 

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The AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation is proud to be launching Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object.

This world-class initiative seeks the help of the community to identify objects extracted from the background of child sexual abuse images and videos suspected to be produced within the Asia Pacific region.

The launch of the initiative includes the release of nine images that members of the public can view and provide information on. Images only contain the specific object, all other imagery is removed.

If a member of the community successfully identifies the origin of an object, they are encouraged to provide details to the ACCCE who will work with relevant law enforcement authorities to investigate the lead.

Introduced by Europol in 2017, Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object has already led to the removal of 10 children being removed from harm and the arrest of three offenders. Over 26,000 tips have been submitted by the public on the possible origins of objects with 102 being immediately identified and 93 cases where a likely country of abuse was identified.

Now implemented by the ACCCE, the success of Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object relies on the Australian community to proactively spread the message and provide details on objects via the Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object webpage.

The smallest clue can often help solve a case. The more people that view the objects, the more likely leads will be generated which may ultimately result in the identification of a victim or offender.

For more information on Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object and to support the initiative, follow the ACCCE on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.accce.gov.au/report/trace